Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Finalists Have Been Revealed

Another day, another piece of motivation! The Century Tuna Superbods 2024 finalists have been revealed, and haaaaay... one day talaga. :p

This actually isn't the first time I've been in awe of the Century Tuna superbods. Fun fact: Century Tuna Superbods has been around since 2006!

For me, though, exactly 10 years ago (wow, time flies!), I took part in the online challenge that Century Tuna had on their site. That was back when I had a really bad concept of what fitness entailed though.

Now that I have a healthier outlook on health and fitness (and it only took a decade to get here? wew hahaha), I look at the Century Tuna Superbods 2024 finalists with new eyes.

Meet the Top 18 Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Finalists

For the male category: Nikko Nackaerts, Tony de Oteyza, Angel Mallari, Jerico Ejercito, Jether Palomo, Kris Guevarra, John Jenric Saldivar, Michael Ver Comaling, Jose Vicente Sobrevilla, Patrick Patawaran, John Paulo Dela Cruz, Carlo Adorador, Aaron Davis, Jeff Ong, Enzo Bonoan, Derick Hibaler, Naia Ching, and Joshua David Spider Webb.

For the female category: Monique de los Santos, Mariah Nicole Valdez, Justine Felizarta, Brooke Barredo, Lea Macapagal, Hazel Ortiz, Morena Carlos, Chrystel Mae Correos, Jasmin Ariola, Julia Sucgang-Bonoan, Nælah Alshorbaji, Clare Dacanay, Jessica Marasigan, Miaow Ayesa, Keylyn Trajano, Teodora Marie Reiss, Imelda Schweighart, and Inka Magnaye.

The evaluation process for the Century Tuna Superbods 2024 finalists was a rigorous one and included hundreds of online and onsite auditions. They were also evaluated through a walk-off to showcase their physiques, charisma, and stage presence and a question-and-answer portion to demonstrate their ability to share their fitness advocacies and wits.

Of course, all of the selected Century Tuna Superbods 2024 finalists also have inspiring stories to share as they strive for the healthiest and fittest versions of themselves.

This is in line with what Century Tuna Superbods is all about: celebrating people who have gone on remarkable journeys of physical transformation, personal growth, and a commitment to healthy living. Again: one day..... :p

The finals night of the Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Best You Ever Campaign will happen in July where this year’s #CenturyTunaSuperbodsBestYouEver winners will be named.

For more information, visit https://centurytuna.ph/ and follow Century Tuna on Facebook or Instagram for more updates.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Tabing Ilog Cast Reunite for A Journey - Get the Tissue Ready!

When I heard that some of the Tabing Ilog cast members were going to star in the Netflix movie A Journey together, I jumped at the chance to interview them about it. Little did I know how much the movie would actually wreck me.

In a nutshell, Kaye Abad stars as a woman who discovers her cancer has returned. She refuses treatment and decides to go to Australia with her husband (Paolo Contis) and their best friend (Patrick Garcia) while checking off things on her "magic list" (basically a bucket list) along the way.

A Journey Trailer

First and foremost, you need to know that this movie is heeeeeavy.

While it starts off light, and Tabing Ilog references and other nostalgic anecdotes are peppered into the movie, it is pretty heavy as a whole. I'm a cryer by nature but I still shed more tears than I'd like to admit while watching this.

Granted, this might have something to do with how much I related to the movie, but even without being able to relate to the health issues or their age, there is a lot to be learned from A Journey:

Do the things that you want to do.

Like Kaye's character, I found myself in several pickles in life last year, which prompted me to change my mindset about how I was living my life as a whole. Cue all of the trips, concerts, and random activities I've done since then.

A Journey reminds us that there is more to life than work and money. You can always earn more money but you won't always have the energy, youth, or good health to do the things that you want to do now. So book that trip, dye your hair, and see those penguins. Live a life filled with fantastic experiences that you can look back on. No matter what anyone says, you deserve it.

Make memories with the people you love.

At first, I didn't quite understand why the boys didn't make more of an effort to make one of Kaye's bucket list items come true prior to her getting sick again, but I now realize that goes back to being sucked into work and other things in life.

Anyway, if you miss/love someone, make time for them. Ditch the excuses. Take a trip together and rekindle your friendship/love. Take a trip to see someone you haven't seen in a long time.

I used to always put things off, thinking that "I'll make plans for next week/month" or "I'll see them next year" until surprise, it never happens.

Even though they are miles away, I recently visited my sister in Los Angeles, my best friend in Malta, my college best friend in France, and even some friends in Bangkok. Is my bank account happy? Definitely not. But I am. And I'd like to think they are too. It was well worth it in the end and I promised to see the people I love more often.

Always hold onto hope.

The most important thing I got out of A Journey though is that you should never lose hope. It's funny because hope used to be my favorite word. Somewhere along the years (let's blame all of the bad luck and crappy experiences I've had), I lost sight of that. But A Journey has reminded me to always hold onto hope - if not for ourselves, at least for those who love us.

Of course, A Journey isn't perfect. There were moments where my heart was already feeling so heavy and yet it felt like the movie was still dragging on. It's definitely not for the weak-hearted. I paused it a lot.

But it did remind me that I have been making the right choices in how I live my life nowadays. And if you haven't gone through a similar epiphany yet, I highly recommend you watch it. Just make sure you've got a lotta tissue ready.

Watch A Journey on Netflix here.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

NBA Collaborates With LE SSERAFIM to Engage Fans in New Ways


After their successful partnership with BTS' Suga, the NBA is at it again to tug at our KPop-loving hearts. This time, it's a multi-year collaboration with the girl group LE SSERAFIM.

The talented ladies will be heading Friends of the NBA, a celebrity and influencer program in Asia that aims to engage sports and music fans in new and creative ways.

Expect to see them at NBA games and events, and collaborating with the sports giant on exclusive content which you can watch on the NBA's and LE SSERAFIM's social media channels. Kim Chae-won, Sakura, Huh Yun-jin, Kazuha, and Hong-chae will also be sharing their experiences as NBA fans on social media.

"We are so excited to collaborate with the NBA,” the girls beam. “We had a great time watching an NBA game in person last year in LA! We look forward to working together with the league to experience so much more with NBA fans around the world."

Hopefully, we'll be getting NBA LE SSERAFIM merch too! Manifest with me!!!

Learn more about the NBA LE SSERAFIM collaboration here.